1/12/2013 (Mediterranean Lamb Medley)
#1 Brenham, TX Numb Toes
Z explains that peripheral neuropathy can often be associated (or as a result of) aloholism, diabetes or B12/Folate deficiency. But, he offers that nearly 25-30% of all cases are idiopathic. Z recommends Gabapentin (an epileptic drug) for his.
#2 St. Louis, MO Cold Legs during Winter
Z suggests taking a list of medications to the pharmacist to rule out medications, as they're the likely culprit. He also makes note that this occurs with more frequency as we age.
Topic Docs Keeping Mum on Obesity
Z and T discuss an Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine report that surveyed parents of obese childen and found that the parents generally don't recall hearing warnings from their doctors. Z says that it can be the effect of a doctor's unwillingness to insult either the child or the parent, citing personal anecdotes of overweight parents in his office. The study showed, however, that once notified, parents were quick to react.
#3 Joplin, MO Adolescent Stroke and Depression
Z cites that adolescent stroke is rare, teen depression is not. He's unsure of a chemical link between a physical destruction of serotonin in the stroke-damaged portion of the brain and depression because he serotonin boost given to curb depression works globally throughout the brain.
E-mail Inca Heritage (Disagree with the Doc)
T reads an e-mail from Athony (who inadvertently creates the ZPOYH Geography Police) by stating that Z's recent comment about Mayan's using cocoa leaves is off, given that in Machu Piccu, it was the Incas who lived there!
#4 St. Louis, MO Food v. Environmental Allergies
Z recommends experimenting with certain foods a second time to test the intolerance/allergic reaction. Z likens her response to gustatory sweating in lieu of food allergies.
E-mail Meat and Cheese
T reads an e-mail from Ein in WI who is translating a question for her French friend. Erin's friend had da physical and the nurse told her no meat and cheese at the same meal. Z thinks this advice is garbage.
TOPIC: Fish Fraud
Z and T discuss a recent report entitled "Widespread Seafood Fraud Found in New York City", which used genetic testing to find that many restaurants were mislabeling which fish they were serving to customers. 81 restaurants and stores were investigated, and 39% of them mislabeled their seafood.
#5 Paradise Valley, MT Daughter's Seizures
Z recommends goingto an academic (University or Medical Group) environment to get a seizure specialist to offer a second opinion on his daughter's condition.
Mythbuster: Watermelon Viagra
T reads a listener myth from a listener named Tom who wants to kno if there's any validity to the claim that watermelon is a natural Viagra. Z says no.
#6 Norman, OK Night Sweats
Z explains that outside of infections, meidcation or menopause (in women) night sweats are idiopathic and common. The caller is on prednisone and Z says that could definitely be the culprit and recommends an ACHT adrenal gland test.
E-mail Licorice or Licorish
The guys close out the show continuing a discussion about the pronunciation of licorice given its spelling. A listener chimed in sayng that his pet peeve is words spelled with an "s" pronounced with a "z" sound.